Volkswagen introduced to the world their 2014 VW Golf GTD ahead of the Geneva international auto show today (Feb. 21, 2013) to much acclaim. With a combined fuel rating of 56MPG , a 0-60 of just 7.5 seconds plenty of torque available at a low RPM range, this Golf GTD is sure to be not only a best seller, but a sporty daily driver for anyone who happens to buy one.
Since 1972, the Volkswagen Golf has been a best seller not only in Europe but also in North America rivaling the Honda Civic CRX and regular coupe variant in both economy and reliability With only the second best selling car in V.W.’s lineup being the Beetle, the Golf is an important part to V.W.’s total sales and its continued evolution is vital to the health of the company.
In 1976 V.W. added a diesel engine to there lineup and then in 1993, introduced the first TDI, whose engine evolved into the EA288, VW’s most fuel efficient Diesel today (now in the 2014 GTD). This newest TDI features an exhaust manifold integrated into the engine block making for quick warm up times, a timing belt that never needs to be replaced and a pair of counter rotating balance shafts to reduce noise, vibration and harshness as well as smoothing out power delivery.
Based on the 7th generation Golf, the GTD produces 184 HP and 280 lbs-ft of torque at 1750 rpm. With a 6 speed manual, the GTD is capable of reaching a top speed of 143 MPH.
Outside, the V.W. GTD exudes sportiness with a lowered suspension, trick aero including a rear diffuser, side skirts and a roof spoiler. 17 inch alloy rims come standard.
Inside, it’s V.W. fare as usual with tartan patterned cloth seats, flat bottomed sport steering wheel, drilled pedals and GTD shifter grip.
Colors only come in black, red and white.
Source: VW Press